Making change in Memphis is a long game. As a coach, cop and citizen — Sergeant Craig Littles has spent his life creating opportunities and inspiring communities.

Accolades:

  • Community Man of the Year, River City Gala, 1998 

  • Community Service Award, Memphis Police Department, 1998

  • Meritorious Community Service Award by former Mayor W. W. Herenton, 2000

  • Outstanding Community Service by former Congressman Harold Ford Jr., 2000

  • The National Jefferson Award for Public Service, The American Institute for Public Service, 2006

  • Responsible Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual, 2007

  • Police Officer of the Year, Afro-American Police Association, 2008

  • Shelby Youth Sports Coach of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008

  • Volunteer Mid-South Nomination, United Way, 2009

  • Men of Excellence Award, Tri-State-Defender, 2010

  • Board Member of the Year 2nd Place, Volunteer Mid-South, 2011

  • Board of the Year 3rd Place, Volunteer Mid-South, 2011

  • Educator of the Month, Friends of Education, 2012

  • City of Memphis Athletic Ambassador, City of Memphis Office of Youth, 2016

  • Ujamaa Mentoring Award, Memphis CARES , 2017

  • Ovation Award, City of Memphis, 2018 

  • Jerome Turner Community Service Award, 100 Club of Memphis, 2019

  • Inspirational Award, National PAL, 2019

  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, National PAL, 2019

  • Proclamations and Special Recognitions:  

  • Proclamation for Time and Dedication in the Community, 2016

  • Special Recognition for Memphis Bears Inc. Championship, Shelby County Commission, 2016

  • Special Recognition, August 1st as Memphis Bears Incorporated Day, Shelby County Government and the City of Memphis, 2018

  • Craig Littles has served on the following community and national boards:

  • Frayser Community Development Center

  • The Commercial Appeal Jefferson Award Selection Committee

  • Executive Committee Member of the National Democratic Party

  • Frayser Neighborhood Council